MORRISTOWN, NJ - There have been increased reports of scammers targeting residents in the immediate Morristown area. JCP&L is reporting that In the latest scam, "a telephone caller poses as an electric utility company employee and threatens to shut off the customer’s power unless an immediate payment is made."

Residents have reported that they have been told to pay with a Green Dot/MoneyPak card, a money transfer service like Money Gram or Western Union, or in person at a physical location. Even though a customer's Caller ID may say that JCP&L is calling, JCP&L is reminding customers that they will first send a notice in the mail indicating that an account is past due. If an account is in danger of being disconnected, the letter will include instructions on how to avoid an interruption of service.

JCP&L does not accept Money Grams or Western Union as payment.  A representative will remind the customer that a payment is due and explain how they can make a payment. The representative, will at no time, demand payment immediately.

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If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately.  Do not provide any bank or credit card information and call your local police department. 

For more information and tips; visit the Scam and Fraud Information section on the FirstEnergy website at www.firstenergycorp.com/scaminfo